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Social Problems in Southern Europe
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Social Problems in Southern Europe

A Comparative Assessment

9781789901429 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Francisco Entrena-Durán, Rosa M. Soriano-Miras and Ricardo Duque-Calvache, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Political Science and Sociology, University of Granada, Spain
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78990 142 9 Extent: 224 pp
As the European Union continues to struggle to establish a common agenda on tackling social problems, this compelling book presents a set of comparative sociological studies in southern European countries from leading scholars working in the region. It widens the debate by looking at the specific social problems of southern Europe and highlights the shared trends and critical regional disparities that may improve our understanding of Mediterranean welfare states.

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As the European Union continues to struggle to establish a common agenda on tackling social problems, this compelling book presents a set of comparative sociological studies in southern European countries from leading scholars working in the region.
 
While political and sociological discussion is frequently focused on northern EU member states, this book widens the debate by looking at a series of specific social problems of southern Europe. Contributors examine pressing social issues, such as social unrest, Islamophobia, childhood and educational needs, deindustrialization, unemployment and environmental degradation, addressing not only the implications of these issues but also their societal perception and their impact on national and regional identities. Chapters highlight shared trends and critical regional disparities that may improve our understanding of social problems in Mediterranean welfare states.
 
Featuring key research from leading academics in the field, this book is crucial reading for scholars of sociology and social policy working in the field of social problems, particularly those focused on southern Europe. It will also be beneficial to policymakers working in the region who are in need of fresh empirical insights into the social fabric of southern European societies.
Critical Acclaim
‘This book brings together a diversity of approaches focused on a broad range of social problems confronting Southern European societies. Students and scholars interested in understanding the changing dynamics of education, employment, environmental degradation, the crisis of political legitimacy and more in the region will find this book to be a handy reference.’
– Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, University of Southern California, US
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Contributors: T. Álvarez Lorente, H. Baldán, A. Barros Cardoso, F. Barros Rodríguez, J.F. Bejarano Bella, I. Benali Tahiri, S. Bertolini, F.J. Cantón Correa, P. Cardon, F.F. Castaño, E. Domínguez, R. Duque-Calvache, F. Entrena-Duran, M. do Nascimento Esteves Mateus, R. Fajardo Fernández, C. Fuentes-Lara, N. Fuster, P. Galindo Calvo, J.M. García Moreno, A. Gentile, S.M.A. Gozzo, J. Iglesias de Ussel, E. Igorra Canillas, B. Jiménez Roger, J. López Doblas, L.F. López García, B. Mahmud, R. Manzanera Ruiz, C. Marciano, A. Martínez López, R. Martínez Martín, I. Palomares-Linares, L. Pellizzoni, T.T. Rodríguez Molina, F. Sadio Ramos, M. Sánchez Martínez, M.J. Santiago Segura, R.M. Soriano Miras, J.L. Sousa Soares de Oliveira Braga, J. Susino, J.M. Torrado, A. Torres Rodríguez, A. Trinidad Requena, J.M. Valdera-Gil
Contents
Contents:

Introduction. A look at social problems of Southern Europe from the south
Francisco Entrena-Durán, Rosa M. Soriano-Miras and Ricardo Duque-Calvache

PART I Prejudice, discrimination and identity
1. Social unrest in Southern European societies: Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece.
Julio Iglesias de Ussel, José Manuel García Moreno, Fernando Sadio Ramos
2. Citizens' trust in institutions in Southern Europe: The cases of Spain, Greece, Italy and Portugal.
Esther Igorra, Antonio Trinidad Requena and Inam Benali
3. Islamophobia in Southern Europe: the cases of Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal
Pablo Galindo Calvo, Beatriz Jiménez Roger, Fancisco Javier Cantón Correa and Maria do Nascimento Esteves Mateus

Part II The social problems in the life course
4. Childhood Obesity as a Social Problem: Prevention policies in Spain and Portugal
Juan Miguel Valdera-Gil, Francisco Entrena-Durán and Philippe Cardon
5. Early school leaving as a social problem in Spain, Italy and Greece
Félix Fernández Castaño, María Jesús Santiago Segura, Alessandro Gentile and Luis Fernando López García
6. Fear of flying? Leaving home late among young people in the South
Nayla Fuster, Sonia Bertolini and Ricardo Duque-Calvache
7. Loneliness in older adults: A comparative study in four Southern European countries
Juan López Doblas, Isabel Palomares-Linares and Mariano Sánchez

PART III Spatial, productive and consumer reconfigurations
8. Unemployment as a social problem in Southern countries in the European Union: analysis of Spain, Greece, Italy and Portugal
Rafael Martínez Martín, Teresa T. Rodríguez Molina and Antonio Martínez López
9. The deindustrialization of textiles in Southern Europe: from the perspective of gender
Rocío Fajardo Fernández, Edmé Domínguez and Cristina Fuentes Lara
10. The world in one click: The digital divide associated with e-commerce in Southern Europe
Rosa M. Soriano-Miras, Francisco Barros Rodríguez, Simona Gozzo and Basem Mahmud
11. The social problem of rural depopulation in Spain and Portugal
Tamara Álvarez Lorente, José Luís Oliveira Braga and Antonio Barros Cardoso
12. Making place for ‘urban segregation matters’ in four Southern European countries: a literature review
Isabel Palomares-Linares, Henar Baldán, José Manuel Torrado and Joaquín Susino
13. A critical analysis of the circular economy in Southern Europe: an innovative proposal for addressing environmental degradation and the sustainability of life
Adolfo Torres, Juan Francisco Bejarano, Roser Manzanera, Luigi Pellizzoni and Claudio Marciano

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